, considered the best player to come out of the LA Galaxy academy system, will get a chance to jump-start his career after he was traded to Orlando City on Wednesday. MLS 2018
The move comes after a season during which the 24-year-old Villarreal played just 389 minutes for the Galaxy. He played 68 games over six seasons with the Galaxy. In 2016, he moved to Mexican club
Cruz Azul but never played and returned to the Galaxy.
After the 2017 MLS season, Villarreal's option was not picked up. Between the two stages of the Re-Entry Drafts, he withdrew his
name from the draft. Orlando City gave the Galaxy a third-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft for Villarreal's rights. The
. Villarreal, whose brother, Jaime
, was also dropped by the Galaxy, was considered one of the top attacking players of his age group but like many of those who played on the 2013
Under-20 World Cup team has never found regular playing time.
Of the players who started for the USA in its opening game at the 2013 U-20 World Cup, a 4-1 loss to Spain, only three
players -- Cody Cropper
(New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin
(Newcastle United) and Wil Trapp
(Columbus Crew) -- are starting regularly. Caleb Stanko
, the U-20 captain,
made his Bundesliga debut this fall for Freiburg.
But players like Luis Gil
and Benji Joya
have been cut loose by their MLS clubs, while others like Juan Pablo
(USL's Orange County SC), Javan Torre
(FSV Frankfurt in the German fourth division) and Alonso Hernandez
(Atletico Reynosa in the Mexican third division) are playing in
lower divisions. Danny Garcia
last played pro ball with the USL's San Antonio FC in 2016.
-- Orlando City also signed Libyan left back Mohamed El-Munir